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Apply to be a Southwest Airlines Pilot – First Officer


Are you dreaming of a career in the skies as a Pilot at Southwest Airlines? Do you have a hardworking and Fun-LUVing Attitude? Being a Leader in and out of the flight deck, taking care of our Internal and External Customers to create a one-of-a-kind experience are just a few traits that factor into being a Southwest Airlines First Officer.  


We’re looking for the best of the best to join us as a Pilot – First Officer! Apply now! We plan to hire 120 Pilots to fill two New Hire classes in December. In addition to our December classes, this posting will also support part of our 2022 hiring needs 


To Apply 

  • We will consider all qualified Candidates that apply to both sites and are available during the timeframe for an interview. 

What happens next? 

  • After completing the application process on, all applicants will receive a confirmation email. If there is not one, then check the spam/junk folder for communication. Applicants who do not meet the requirements will receive an email notification. 
  • We will extend invites to participate in the interview process based on competitiveness as noted in the applicant’s Pilot Credentials profile.  
  • The interview process consists of a virtual interview, in-person interview, and a reference check. 
  • All applicants selected to move forward from the interview process will be reviewed by our Chief Pilot Decision Committee and, if approved, will then be extended a job offer to join Southwest as a First Officer. 
  • All applicants who are extended a job offer will also need to successfully pass our background check process. 


As we begin our next 50 years at Southwest, it is exciting to bring new Cohearts onboard. We hope to see your application soon! 

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